So we all made it through January hopefully unscathed, but our wallets are still sobbing from being in a post-Christmas splurging state. In order to combat this I’ve come up with an edit of essential skincare bits that will help your complexion through these winter months, but thankfully each of my picks costs under a fiver. Sometimes there are fab products out there that don’t require a second mortgage, but they often go unnoticed because of their simplicity or price point. This February I’m introducing you to four of my favourites…
I’m sure you have heard all of the hype surrounding L’Oreal’s Skin Perfection Micellar Solution, and I think that those of you who’ve tried it will agree with me when I say that it’s fabulous. It doubles up as both a makeup remover and a cleanser, doing the trick for me on most days. At £4.99 it’s an absolute steal and does last a while too – a bottle has seen me through around six weeks (taking into account I use two generous squeezes, twice a day). It’s usually on offer too, which explains why I have two fresh bottles waiting to be used in my beauty drawer.
The Tea Tree Toner Water from Lush is one of my all time favourite products for acne-prone skin, and one that really helped improve my complexion when it was at its worst. Although targeted to people suffering with acne, I’d consider this product to be an all-rounder; delivering a refreshing, cool spritz when needed, and the guarantee that you will smell mighty fine, makes it a must-have. As for how it helps the skin, I found that this reduces any tightness post-cleansing and acts as a great primer for moisturiser. The small 100g bottle costs £3.95 and is great value, lasting me a number of months before I upgraded to the larger 250g bottle (£7.50.)
The first moisturiser I truly loved using, and the one I always find myself going back to, is Simple’s Hydrating Light Moisturiser. There’s not much I can say about this that hasn’t already been raved about already, but it really is great. It provides just enough moisture to the skin without being overwhelming and/or suffocating, suiting a whole range of skin types and even you oily-skinned girls. At £3.99 it’s such a bargain too, especially for a bottle which seems to last forever. One warning I must add, though – be careful as you squeeze the product out of this; too much force when squeezing could result in literal explosions.
When it comes to deep cleansing, I always head straight to Biore’s Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser. It’s bright blue and quite unusual; I find an injection of colour into my routine is always refreshing and helps to keep me focused. It is thick and quite sticky (which some may feel uncomfortable with,) but if you’re up for colour and a generous dose of watermelon scent, this one’s a winner. At £4.99 this is at the upper end of my ‘under-a-fiver’ edit, but it deserves to be here nonetheless. The money doesn’t go to waste by any means – a deep cleanse once a week will have this lasting a couple months or so, with your skin feeling incredibly soft afterwards.
So there you go – my small selection of inexpensive skincare goodies. Have you tried any of these before? If so, what did you think of them?
Written by Thalia Fairweather